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Wedding Shopping In Delhi

I have been asked this question quiet often in the past and last week when my Indian/Australian friend asked me the same question, I thought of jotting down all details at one place. She is getting ready for her big day and I completely understand how stressful it can be if things are not in place before time. I remember my big day on 24th Feb 2012 where I had to arrange all my wedding dresses while sitting in UK. I literally got 1 month leave which was split into first week for wedding shopping, 2nd week for wedding functions and last 2 weeks for honeymoon. So this means I had to do complete wedding shopping, final trials etc. within that time period.

18th Feb 2012 was the first day when I saw my dress, gave final trial and I was super happy with the final fittings. Thanks to below people who really helped me and understood what I was looking for and they actually made my dress better than what I was expecting and that too without me being physically present there. Everything was done on Whats-app, Facebook and through online channels. I was indeed a very satisfied bride so it’s my turn to share the names and details and pass it on for all those who travel to India for wedding shopping. Hope this read will make things easier for people who are unfamiliar with Delhi shopping or worried if they will get the best deal or not!

Why Delhi?

New Delhi – Capital of India, famous for Qutb Minar, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, Kingdom of Dreams, Humayun’s Tomb and beautiful Red Fort Mughal Palace or if you planning a trip to Taj Mahal, visitors can feel swamped with glorious history but Delhi or “Dilli” as pronounced by local people also provides best combinations of bazaars, flea markets, shopping malls, market stalls and some high end Luxurious malls. I am going to share about good buy, steal deal places in Delhi. I hope this post helps my NRI friends who travel to India for their weddings, family/friend’s weddings or for a shopping spree.

You can spend as much time you like shopping in New Delhi but if you have a tight schedule then you can just shop within the region as pinned in the map below:


[Clink on the pin to see location details]

My Favourite TOP 4 Wedding Shopping Zones:

  • Local Boutiques
  • Shahpur Jaat
  • South Extension
  • Chandni Chowk

Local Boutiques

So what does local boutique means in India? These are exclusive shops which makes dresses, Kurtis, Indian Wear, Saris, Designer Clothes, Kaftans, Designer Dresses Replicas etc. on order. I just love local boutique. You can get stitched anything you like. If you see my blog, you will notice I wear a lot of bespoke stuff (still plenty to add in blog and promise I am working on it :-)), my love for local boutique is the only reason. My mum has her own boutique and my sister is also designer so I am quiet lucky and making most of them. All you need is good boutique details on your phone and then you are sorted. It’s like having a good permanent doctor’s details in my phone book , you know what I mean! 😉

Why I Prefer Boutiques:

  1. You can get good quality of fabric in India which means you can make anything you like i.e. Maxi, Kurtis, Bespoke Suit, Trousers, Jackets, Coats, Kaftans etc.
  2. Cheap and cheerful. Highly cost effective and I love that! Come on girls, who does not love bargains .. 🙂

Any Problems:

Only problem is Time! These boutiques are not very punctual and do not stick to their promises of product delivery! This is what I hate but I think being Indian we have quiet got used to this. Don’t get me wrong as this is the general scenario, however there are few boutiques who have maintained great reputation when it comes to stitching, sewing and delivery (applause). My personal experience has been great and since then I am quiet loyal to my favourite boutique which is located in Kirti Nagar, Delhi (Nilu’s Bouqtiue).

Shahpur Jaat

Shahpur Jaat means “The Royal Town of Jaat”. This has to be one of the Delhi’s best kept shopping secrets. This place is considered a trendy hotspot for fashion boutiques, glamorous wedding dresses whether you are buying the dress or renting it. You can find almost anything and everything here, from trendy, funky western clothes to ethnic Indian wear. You will have endless variety of designer Sarees, custom made Shoes for women, exclusive Stoles, Shawls, Purses, Clutches, trendy Silver Jewellery, edgy and unique home Décor products. I personally love this place and if you looking for your wedding trousseaux – this is just a perfect place for customized dresses. And if you considering Zari embroidery, Shahpur Jaat is one of the largest production centre for Zari work in north India.

I would highly recommend visiting Shahpur Jaat. You may not have to go anywhere else after being here 🙂

Chandni Chowk

One of the oldest and busiest market in Old Delhi (more towards North Delhi). Chandni Chowk is considered one of the major shopping areas in Delhi. If someone asks me which is the buzzing bazaar in Delhi, it has to be Chandni Chowk. Be careful though it’s overcrowded and if you plan to stand still for a moment, waves of people might sweep you away in a minute.

Best part of Chandni Chowk is that you can find almost anything here, starting from kids wear to wedding dresses, accessories, any kind of textiles, stationery items, silver items, home wear, jewellery, musical instruments, shoes, opticians, shawls, pearls, food grains, spices, saffron, dry fruits, pulses, chemicals etc.

Where to buy from:

  1. The cloth bazaar of “Katra Neel” offers all kinds of fabrics such as silks, satin, crepe and cotton etc whereas “Moti Bazaar” is exclusively famous for shawls and pearls.
  2. Kinari Bazaar”: Glitzy Zardozi, lacework, embellishments and an entire range of products for an Indian bridal trousseau. If you are looking to make a customised wedding dress, this is the place to stop.
  3. Dariba Kalan” is known for its pearl, gold and silver jewellery and natural authentic perfumes.
  4. Chawri Bazaar”: Head to this bazaar if you are looking for paper products like greetings, wallpaper and wedding invitation cards.
  5. Ballimaran Market”: You can get beautiful Indian ethnic footwear here. You can get fake stuff here as well. A Ray Ban will cost you just Rs. 150 (GBP 1 and 50 pence).

Dilli Haat

Dilli means “Delhi” and Haat means “Village” or “Bazaar”. This magical world is spread into 6 acres of land where you will find a treasure of Indian culture, Indian handicrafts and ethnic cuisine. A perfect place to display India’s rich culture. Dilli Haat boasts of craft stalls selling native, utilitarian and ethnic products from all over the country. This acts as a one shop stop and is one of the favourite places for westerners. Here you will see synthesis of food, crafts and cultural activity. You can enjoy great authentic food and live music performances too. You won’t get much of wedding stuff here but great place to buy Indian handicraft token for loved ones. Since the Dilli Haat is located at the heart of the India i.e. South Delhi, it attracts many international and national tourists and visitors throughout the year.

Surely don’t miss it 🙂

Web Page: http://www.dillihaat.net.in/

Location: Dilli Haat, INA

Nearest Metro: INA on Yellow Line

Open Timings: 1100 hrs – 2100 hrs

Entry Fee: INR 20.00 (Adult), INR 10.00 (Child)

Designer Replicas

There are plenty of Facebook Pages who are selling Bollywood replicas these days and hundreds of options if you google “Bollywood Fashion” or “Indian Fashion”. It’s actually amazing to see the price difference i.e. dress which “Deepika Padukone” (Indian celebrity) would wear, may actual cost around 1 Lakh (GBP 1000) or more, but you can get a replica for under INR 10,000 (GBP 100). Crazy, right? Honestly speaking, this is quiet cheap and cheerful way to save money. Sharing my personal experience, I bought one through my friend’s website (surely buy from trustworthy resource). Since owner of “Diva Designer Dresses” is one of my bestie, I bought one dress through her and must say, I was very pleased with the complete process. It was quick online order, safe payment by PayPal, got delivered at my London address.

I bought a black dress (worn by Sonakshi Sinha) which was approx. INR 90,000 (GBP 900) and I paid INR 5000 (GBP 50) exactly!!!! Cheap, right? Now these are quiet similar to what Bollywood celebrity wear but made/stitched by a wholesaler. Fabric quality will be less superior, in my case it was semi chiffon rather pure chiffon. Instead of hand work, it was machine work but the work was neat and reasonable especially if you have to wear at some friend’s wedding or one of the several occasions of Indian wedding as they last for 7-10 days. I ordered it at the last moment for a function as I had only a week in hand. On top of that any decent Indian dress in London would not be less than £ 400 – £ 500.

Have a look at below picture and tell me what you think? I have worn this dress in 4 different occasions and got tons of compliments. Easy to buy, got delivered at my London dress and paid through PayPal. Sweet!!!!

Definitely a great option for someone who has got no time to fly to Delhi or to get custom dress ready or may be attending 8/10 functions in short time 🙂


Additional Shopping Tips

Negotiation: It’s a MUST. Local boutiques, Shahpur Jatt, Chandni Chowk – Most of these places will be happy to negotiate. You just need to sound convincing and reasonable. If you know someone local in Delhi, I would advise to take them along.

Customized Clothes: If you have time in hand, you can always buy fabric, laces, duppattas etc. from Kinari bazaar near Chandni Chowk. This is the best place to buy all add-ons for your dress. You will be surprised to find the variety out there. With good negotiation skills you can save huge amount. Remember, this is only possible if you have time.

Trusted Boutique: If you know any local boutique in Delhi or been introduced recently, I would not shy giving away my complete measurements so they can save it for future and later if I have anything in mind, I can simply whatsapp them, get it stitched and they can post stuff to my home country. Convenient!!( I do this quiet a lot)

Flea Markets: I love Flea markets. You have to be extremely good with negotiation, keep your eyes open, check your stuff from in and out ( as these are non-returnable, non-exchangeable things). I also would suggest to visit these places during day time as they have a lot of variety and all the pieces are usually stacked one above another. You will be better seeing, checking, and trying them during day time. My favourite flea markets are Sarojini Nagar and Janpath.

Accessories: I am very particular about bags and shoes so it’s a mix combination I have. I don’t like carrying clutch or purse on a wedding day but that’s a personal choice. If you fancy buying wedding purses, I would suggest Shahpur Jaat, South Extension market, Lajpat Nagar market and Greater Kailash. I also like Satya Paul bags, they are not very expensive and still carry designer label (if you are after labels). You can get nice golden/silver collection in their store and they are always more modern then traditional.

Jewellery: South Extension, Greater Kailash, Lajpat Nagar

Bags/Shoes: For non-designer wear, I would suggest Lajpat Nagar, Greater Kailash but if you looking for designer wear, best place is Emporio mall. And if u live out of India then may be worth checking around your home country as prices in Emporio mall are outrageous. I would suggest these online retailers as well:

www.theoutnet.com

www.net-a-porter.com

www.shopbop.com

 

Hope you enjoy this post 🙂

Love, Luck, Health and Happiness

Disclaimer: Lot of images in this post have been re-used from Google, so if you are the owner of any of these and want me to take it down or give you the credit please drop me a line and i will be more than happy to oblige.



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